From the Herd

The stamp set From the Herd makes me giggle each time I see it! I am so happy I bought it because I get such a kick out of it when I use it. I hope the recipients of my cards enjoy it as much as I do. I created this belated birthday card for our son whose birthday is on Sunday. Being an accomplished procrastinator, this is Friday and I just remembered again that his birthday is March 1. I remembered last week but didn’t take the time to make a card then. But…From the Herd is perfect for this card!

handmade birthday card using the From the Herd stamp set and blendabilities markersThe inside of the card says, “hope it was great!” I made a card for a friend last week with this set that says, “just looking in on you…” I left the inside blank and wrote a note of encouragement to her. I colored the images with Blendabilities, the alcohol markers Stampin’ Up! sells. I love them because the inks are more transparent than our Stampin’ Write markers and the inks blend together much easier. I know that I need to work more on my blending but I wanted to share this card even though my blending isn’t perfect. My motto for this year is ‘Get It Done’ so I have to compromise on doing things perfectly. :o)

Unfortunately, Blendabilities are not available right now as there have been some quality issues with the manufacturer. Stampin’ Up! stands behind everything they sell so they have pulled the Blendabilities until the quality issues are cleared up. However, you can purchase any of the other supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below. I appreciate your business.

Don’t forget that this is Sale-A-Bration time and you get to choose a free item exclusive to the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 of product you purchase through March 31. To make it even more exciting, Stampin’ Up! has added four new free items available March 1 – March 31. Check them out below:
For Being You Sale-A-Bration stamp setThe Thanks in this stamp set is perfect for coloring in with Blendabilities. I like the sweet line of little hearts too!
Screen shot of the In Color Accessory Pack available for free during MarchHave you tried the thick baker’s twine on page 207 in the annual catalog? It comes in the five 2013-2015 In Colors and now it comes in the 2014-2016 Incolors. And…you can get it for FREE. All five colors in one package plus matching buttons!
New Nature's Perfection stamp set for Free during the last month of Sale-A-BrationHere is another new free stamp set that is perfect for coloring with Blendabilities and I think the butterfly can be punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.
Finally here is the last new addition. This is a stack of printed 6″ x 6″ vellum sheets. The print is in Basic Gray so the design will show nicely when layered over all colors of card stock and just imagine how beautiful they would be if you colored in the designs with your Blendabilities!
screenshot of the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Pack
Sale-A-Bration has been around for years but having new product added the last month of Sale-A-Bration is exciting. Place an order with me or through my online store for $50 or more and get one of these great new exclusive products.
Contact me to schedule a workshop during March and get an extra $25 if the workshop sales are $250 or more. That means for a $250 workshop you will receive $65 in hostess dollars to spend on whatever you want. Yay!
Join my team as a demonstrator during March and get your choice of either one of the product kits in the catalogs or your choice of two Sale-A-Bration items like the ones above. Give me a call or email me with your phone number so I can call you. You can also sign up on my demonstrator web site.

Valentine Treat Bag Redo

Mini Treat Bag with Balloon Bash stamp set

Sometimes we find leftover cards or 3-D items laying around on our stamping table just waiting to be repurposed. This treat bag started out as a Valentine one but didn’t send it. Tonight I sat down to make a Birthday card for a dear friend and saw this treat bag lying there.

I had planned to turn it into a pocket card so I stamped the largest image from the Balloon Bash stamp set on a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock cut to fit in the treat bag. When I turned the treat bag over I discovered that I had written on the back of it. What to do? Well, I just glued the image on the back to cover the writing and will put some treats inside the bag instead of a card.

Back of Mini Treat Bag with Balloon Bash stamp set

I stamped the HB image on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with one of the Chalk Talk Framelits. Then I put it over the black and white banner on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals to cover some adhesive that was on the front. As usually happens, I love the redo better than the original plan!

The moral of this story is that covering up perceived flaws in our creations often leads to even better creations! If you would like to create this treat bag for yourself and need some of the supplies I used, just click on the images below to be taken to them in my online store.


Amped Up for Terrific Tuesday

Digital Birthday Card using the Amped Up Ampersands Kit digital downloadTuesdays are terrific because we get new Weekly Deals and this week’s deals are exciting! One of the items on sale is the Amped Up Ampersands Kit digital download (1348440). I used it to create this card. Click on the images below for more details on the supplies I used and to order them.

But there are many more wonderful deals for you this week. Check them out!

Screenshot of Weekly Deals for week of 2-17-15

On the Tilt – MDSM101


Digital birthday scrapbook page with Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper

Today I have for you a scrapbook page I created of our great-granddaughter’s 4th birthday party for the MDS Monday challenge 101. The challenge is to put the elements on an angle. You can see the sketch here.

The sketch suggested birthday candles but upside down so I went with that theme. I created a photo frame and then copied and pasted it 6 times, narrowing the width of four of them so all seven would fit on the page. Then I discovered I couldn’t fill them with designer paper so deleted 4 and created rectangle punches which I filled with various patterns of Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (137077). I grouped the rectangles, photo frames, and candle flames together and then rotated the group -14 degrees. So where did I get the candle flames? They are the wing of the Extra Large-Two Step Bird Punch (122131).

I wanted to use Pear Pizzazz for the background but it was too strong a color and overpowered the rest of the layout. So I made the background Whisper White. Then I applied a 12″ square punch over the Whisper White and filled it with Pear Pizzazz and reduced the opacity to about 65% opacity. Of course, I don’t like flat backgrounds so I added the Decorative Overlays Stamp Brush Set (129880) – starburst and colored it with Daffodil Delight. I love the way it brightens the page.

I discovered something today that I have overlooked ever since the MDS2 came out. In the Resource Palette is a tab for layers. It shows all the layers you have on your project. You can click on a particular layer and it will allow you to work with that layer without bringing it to the front! How did I miss that? Think of all the time I could have saved by just clicking on a layer I wanted to adjust. Maybe the rest of you already knew that and I am just a little slow but this discovery excites me. :o)

So I challenge you to take part in this MDSM101 sketch and post it to the MDS Monday website. Let’s see what you come up with.


For Your Valentine

I have been busy making Valentine treat bags using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies for our grandkids and great-grandkids and got the last of them mailed off so they will arrive in time. I was in such a hurry to get them mailed that I didn’t get a picture of them. That’s the story of my life. :o(

However, I did get a scan of this quick Valentine I made to enclose for one of the parents of our greats.

Quick handstamped Valentine using Sweetheart Punch and Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper StackThis card is so quick to create. I wrapped the strip of designer series paper from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack with retired white grosgrain ribbon. The greeting is from the You Plus Me stamp set, stamped on Whisper White with Real Red ink, and punched out with the Sweetheart punch. You can order the stamp set and paper stack as a bundle and save 15%. :o) I added a couple of red glimmer hearts for some bling and the card was done! Click on the image below to order any of the supplies you need to make this card for yourself.

Dear Valentine!


3-D handmade Valentine using You Plus Me stamp set and Stacked with Love paper stackHappy Valentine’s Day to all my readers. I hope your day is filled with love. I’ve had a wonderful time creating a special Valentine for my hubby! The creative spirit really kicked in…yay! Usually I need to make a quick card and don’t spend as much time on it as I have with this one.

I used the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack (137779), the You Plus Me stamp set (wood – 137133, clear 138594) (wood bundle -138879, clear bundle -138880), and the photopolymer stamp set Snuggles & Smooches (140326) to create this card. The middle greeting is a free digital download from Create with TLC that I printed on Whisper White cardstock and then cut out with a Labels Collection Framelits die (129381). I had to trim part of the top and bottom of the layer off so that the hinge mechanism would work.

I love how so many different Stampin’ Up! products play well with each other. Did you notice that the word LOVE was die cut using one of the banner dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (137547) and the ‘you’ was die cut using the Hello You Thinlits Dies (137363)? The frame base for the card was cut with a Sizzix die. This card does fold flat for mailing.

The card is square when folded up so I created my own 5″ square envelope from a piece of Back to Black Designer Series Paper (133700) using the Envelope Punch board. Check it out! It was so quick to make. If you don’t have this tool yet, why not? Tip: Use a light touch with the bone folder when scoring designer series paper! It has a tendancy to split if you score too hard. I used some retired Washi tape to cover the splits. :o) It does add an element of design to the envelope.

Square envelope created with the Envelope Punch Board and Back to Black Designer Series Paper

The supplies I used that come from Stampin’ Up! are listed below. Click on them for more details and to order the ones you need.

Is It Spring Yet?

Here in Western Washington, signs of Spring are popping up everywhere. The tulips I planted last fall are poking leaves up through the ground and my heather plants are in full bloom. There are even a few camellia bushes and a flowering tree here and there in bloom.  I know the east is burdened with piles and piles of snow with more in the forecast and Spring is only a wish.

I have a way for you to bring a touch of Spring into your life or brighten someone’s day. Buy a spring flowering plant and add a handmade garden stake with your good wishes stamped on it using the From the Garden Photopolymer Stamp Bundle (138862). Yes, this is a bundle of a stamp set and matching thinlits which means it is 15% off the price if bought separately. What is even better is that it is on this week’s Weekly Deals! That means the bundle is another 15% off. You can’t miss out on this…30% off total.

index for From the Garden Stamp set and thinlits bundle

Here are the rest of the Weekly Deals for this week. Check them out. Clicking on the image will take you to them in my online store where you will find more information and order the ones you want.

photo of the weekly deals for week of 2-19-15

Love Dry Embossing?

Image of the Texture Boutique Embossing MachineDo you love the look of dry embossing but don’t like the time it takes? I have the solution for you! Use the Texture Boutique Machine and one of the many Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that Stampin’ Up! sells. There are 22 folders to choose from on pgs. 226 and 227 in the annual catalog and two more in the Occasions catalog.

You put a piece of cardstock or designer series paper in the folder and run it through the Texture Boutique machine. When you are finished, you have a lovely raised design on one side of our paper and the same design debossed on the other side. It is so quick and easy. You can use the Big Shot for embossing but the Texture Boutique machine is much lighter and takes up much less space making it the perfect tool if all you want to do is emboss. It’s smaller size is also perfect to taking along to scrapbook and stamping retreats.

What is even more exciting is that this Weekly Deals give you 15% of on the Texture Boutique machine an selected Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. Check them out below. Later this week I will share a couple of ways to use these folders besides just embossing cardstock.

Photo of the weekly deals for week of 1-27-15

Charlie Chaplin punch art


Charlie Chapman punch art using Bow Builder PunchThese little bows made with the Bow Builder Punch (137414) are so darn cute! Our son-in-law has adopted the bow tie as his trademark and recently added a bowler hat to his trademark. This bow reminds me of Joe’s bow ties so I just HAD to come up with this punch art dapper man. He looks like Charlie Chaplin but that wasn’t my original plan. Go ahead….laugh! I know the eyes and nose are funky.

To create this man, I used the third from the smallest Ovals Collection Framelits for the head. I cut out the top of the hat with just one end of the same framelit and straightened the sides slightly. The brim was punched with the Word Window punch. The nose is the wing of the Bird Builder Punch and I used the Fringe Scissors to make his moustache. I sponged a little Blushing Bride ink on his nose, cheeks, and chin to warm up his skin. So there you have it…Charlie Chaplin! I’m sure you can make him a little more artistic and less funky. Click on the items below to order any of the supplies I used.

MDS Monday – Filling Punches with Photos

Digital Scrapbook Page with photo in Thought Bubble Punch

I’m back with another MDS Monday challenge. This time the challenge was to use punches on our project, especially to fill a punch with a photo.

To do this, add a punch to your project and size it as desired. Then click on the  Photo Fill button in the Design Center. Sometimes the photo fits perfectly in the punch but other times the photo is too small like on my page. I might have been able to enlarge the photo so it filled the whole punch but the dots would have looked funny and much of my gret-granddaughter’s face would have been missing.

So what I did was to shrink the photo until it was all displayed by double clicking on the punch once the photo has been added and clicking on the negative magnifying glass. Now there were blank spaces on either side of the photo in the punch. To fix this, I added another Thought Bubble punch and filled it with Beautiful Today Designer Series Paper pattern 6 found in the My Digital Class Beautiful Today  Kit (135913). I shrank the scale of pattern as small as I could and aligned this punch behind the punch with my photo. Be sure to group them when you have them aligned properly. I added two Sprinkled Expressions – heart rows to finish off the page.

Click here to see the challenge sketch and the particulars of the challenge. Then create a project to meet the challenge and post it to the MDS Monday blog. Have fun with adding photos to your punches.